Mark Lawrenson explains reason behind confident West Ham v Crystal Palace prediction

Mark Lawrenson thinks West Ham's great home form will hand them another win against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks West Ham United will beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Upton Park this afternoon.

The Premier League is back following the international break, and London rivals West Ham and Palace will lock horns at Upton Park, with the two teams in very different situations right now.

The Hammers are challenging for a Champions League spot, with Slaven Bilic's men just one point off the top four having drawn 2-2 with Chelsea a fortnight ago.

Today, West Ham take on Palace - managed by former Hammers boss Alan Pardew - who are in absolutely dire form in 2016. Palace have picked up just two points in their last ten games, and have slowly but surely been dragged towards the relegation zone.

Now just seven points clear of the drop, Palace desperately need a result, but their chances of beating an in-form West Ham - who beat them 3-1 at Selhurst Park earlier this season - look slim.

In fact, pundit Mark Lawrenson, who has become known for tipping West Ham to lose this season, thinks that Bilic's men will come out on top against the Eagles today.

Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks West Ham will win 2-1 at Upton Park, citing their incredible home form as the main reason behind that prediction, though Palace's woes are also a factor.

"Crystal Palace's long wait for a league win this year continues and, while it does, they are getting dragged closer to the relegation scrap that is happening below them," said Lawrenson. "They will win somewhere - even Aston Villa have won away from home once this season - but I don't see it happening this weekend, because West Ham have been so good at Upton Park."

"After losing their first two home Premier League games of the season, the Hammers have been unbeaten there since August. I am backing them to make it four home league wins in a row on Saturday," he added.

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